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    D'Addario EJ74 Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    Your Price $8.99
  2. D'Addario XS Mandolin Phosphor Bronze Strings (11-40)
    Your Price $17.99
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    Ernie Ball 2067 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Mandolin Light Strings
    Your Price $9.99
  4. D'Addario EJ80 Octave Mandolin Strings, Medium, 12-46
    Your Price $15.49
  5. Martin Mandolin M400 80/20 Bronze 8 Strings Standard 10
    Your Price $5.49
  6. GHS Phosphor Bronze Mandolin Strings Ultra Light
    Your Price $10.99
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    D'Addario EJ73 Phosphor Bronze Light Mandolin Strings (10-38)
    Your Price $8.99
  8. D'Addario EJ67 Nickel Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $9.99
  9. D'Addario XT Mandolin Coated Phosphor Bronze, Medium, 11-40
    Your Price $14.99
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    D'Addario EJ74-3D Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings, 11-40 (3 Pack)
    Your Price $22.99
  11. DR Strings Dragon Skin Clear Coated Mandolin Strings (10-14-24-36)
    Your Price $12.99
  12. D'Addario Monel Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $11.99
  13. GHS A270 Phosphor Bronze Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $10.99
  14. DR Strings Dragon Skin Clear Coated Mandolin Strings (11-15-26-40)
    Your Price $12.99
  15. D'Addario EJ75 Phosphor Bronze Medium/Heavy Mandolin Strings (11.5-41)
    Your Price $8.99
  16. D'Addario Monel Mandolin Strings Medium Plus
    Your Price $11.99
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    Thomastik 154ST Strong Flat Wound Tin Plated Steel Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $54.99
  18. D'Addario EJ70 Phosphor Bronze Ball End Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $10.99
  19. Martin Mandolin M465 Monel Wound 8 Strings Medium 11
    Your Price $5.99
  20. D'Addario XT Mandolin Coated Phosphor Bronze, Medium/Heavy, 11.5-41
    Your Price $14.99
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    GHS Bright Bronze Mandolin Strings Medium Light
    Your Price $10.99
  22. DR Strings Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $9.99
  23. D'Addario NBM1140 Nickel Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    Your Price $12.49
  24. GHS Phosphor Bronze Mandolin Strings Medium Light
    Your Price $10.99
  25. GHS Americana Light Mandolin Strings (10-38)
    Your Price $11.99
  26. D'Addario NBM11540 Nickel Bronze Custom Medium Mandolin Strings (11.5-40)
    Your Price $12.49
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    D'Addario EJ62 80/20 Bronze Mandolin Strings, Light, 10-34
    Your Price $7.99
  28. GHS Americana Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    Your Price $14.99
  29. GHS Americana Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40) - 3 Pack
    Your Price $21.00
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    Martin M400 80/20 Bronze Light Mandolin Strings
    Your Price $6.99
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There are plenty of different members in the mandolin family, but one thing they all have in common is the need for a good set of strings to give you the best sound. By far the most common string configuration is four paired courses which, when using a great set of strings, gives the mandolin its characteristic tremolo capability. Just a reminder—if you're an advanced mandolinist playing six-course instruments or three-string courses, you'll need more than one set to fully string your mandolin.

Each set of strings can have a very different sound—this is perhaps even truer of mandolin strings than other stringed instruments. You've probably seen this firsthand the first time you re-stringed your mandolin with strings that turned out to be completely different from the original ones. Sound is a matter of taste, so it will probably take some experimentation for you to decide on your personal favorite strings.

Despite the variance of mandolin strings, there are a few general characteristics to inform your choice. The timbre of a string depends on what it's made of. Bronze strings, for example, are usually held to be the brightest-sounding. Phosphor-bronze is similar, but with a richer tone and lower brilliance. You'll get a heavier bass sound from materials like stainless steel, nickel and tin or nickel-plated steel. Apart from their sound, stainless steel strings are also notable for their corrosion resistance, which makes them a solid choice if you live in a humid area or find that your hands tend to sweat while you're playing.

The other main attribute of mandolin strings is their gauge. This refers to the thickness of the strings, with strings of different gauges vibrating at different tensions to produce the same pitch; the higher the number, the heavier the gauge. Lighter-gauge strings are more flexible, vibrating fast and producing brighter tones. Heavier gauges, on the other hand, deliver greater sustain. Avoid heavier string gauges if you are playing a mandolin with high tuning, though: they can wind up putting more tension on the instrument than it's designed to withstand.

Your ideal strings will be those with the perfect combination of material and gauge to give the exact sound you prefer. You may even decide to 'split' sets, taking certain strings from one set and some from another. If you want a string with a smoother feel on your fingers, look into coated or flat-wound strings. No matter what your standards are for sound and feel, there's a set of strings that will fit.

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